Matt’s practice focuses on construction and property matters, including contract negotiations, public records requests, lien, bond, and retention claims, construction defects, bid protests, regulatory actions, and appeals. He has represented clients in both state and federal courts, participated in numerous depositions and trials, and successfully negotiated settlements. He is admitted to practice in Washington, and in the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington.
Matt has remained active in the community throughout his career. He is a member of the Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee for the King County Bar Association, a co-author of the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual – Construction Law Chapter, a volunteer for Lawyers Fostering Independence, and an active member of Construction Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association. Matt is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra.
J.D., magna cum laude, Seattle University School of Law, 2013
CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Writing, Civil Procedure, and Appellate Litigation
Content Development Editor - Seattle Journal for Social Justice
President - Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington - Seattle University Chapter
B.A., Philosophy and Communications with Honors, cum laude, Western Washington University, 2007
Represented a general contractor in a bid protest on a public works project. Successfully obtained a temporary restraining order prohibiting the owner from entering into the contract.
Drafted and negotiated a crane swing easement as part of a $26 million real estate transaction.
Represented the owner of a $6.8 million private construction project in a lawsuit against its general contractor for failing to pay $1.6 million to subcontractors and suppliers with lien rights against the owner.
Represented a crane subcontractor in an appeal to the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals of a “serious” violations of the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act. The Department of Labor and Industries reduced of the severity of the citations to “general” in a settlement.
Defended a general contractor against a $61,000 claim by a union trust under the federal Miller Act. General contractor paid $10,000 in a settlement.